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The Ersatz Elevator: Book the Sixth (A Series of Unfortunate Events)

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8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

three sad orphans

the ersatz elevator is a sad tale abouut three orphans; Sunny, Klaus, and Violet. They keep switching guardians because of "Unfortunate Events" caused be Count Olaf. Who in my opinion symbolizes the troubles and obsticals the children have to overcome. This book is aa d...
the ersatz elevator is a sad tale abouut three orphans; Sunny, Klaus, and Violet. They keep switching guardians because of "Unfortunate Events" caused be Count Olaf. Who in my opinion symbolizes the troubles and obsticals the children have to overcome. This book is aa drama and action novel every child or teen should read. Count Olaf disqises himself as different characters to fool the gaurdians, which always works.
And as of now the Baudelaires' guardians are two wealthy, snuudy, uncaring, people. They don't care what the orphans have to say so they THINK thier large penthouse is safe. The childrens' personalities and interests make the book worth reading. Sunny loves her biting skills and Klaus is a big reader and reasercher. Violet is a young inventer and the most couragous because she is eldest. They are all very intellegent, but can they outsmart the bad Count Olaf?

posted by katiemarieKE on October 29, 2009

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1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2009

    three sad orphans

    the ersatz elevator is a sad tale abouut three orphans; Sunny, Klaus, and Violet. They keep switching guardians because of "Unfortunate Events" caused be Count Olaf. Who in my opinion symbolizes the troubles and obsticals the children have to overcome. This book is aa drama and action novel every child or teen should read. Count Olaf disqises himself as different characters to fool the gaurdians, which always works.
    And as of now the Baudelaires' guardians are two wealthy, snuudy, uncaring, people. They don't care what the orphans have to say so they THINK thier large penthouse is safe. The childrens' personalities and interests make the book worth reading. Sunny loves her biting skills and Klaus is a big reader and reasercher. Violet is a young inventer and the most couragous because she is eldest. They are all very intellegent, but can they outsmart the bad Count Olaf?

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2014

    The Ersatz Elevator is the sixth book in A Series of Unfortunate

    The Ersatz Elevator is the sixth book in A Series of Unfortunate Events by American author, Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler). As we once again join the unlucky Baudelaire orphans, they are deposited by their banker, the constantly coughing Mr Poe, at 667 Dark Avenue, into the hands of their new guardians, Jerome and Esme Squalor. Esme is a rather forceful woman who is a dedicated follower of fashion, while Jerome never likes to argue, with anyone. Having already suffered the loss of their parents, the threat of marriage, slave labour, hypnosis, a terrible boarding school, and the murder of their Uncle Monty and Aunt Josephine at the hands of the evil Count Olaf and his nefarious assistants, the siblings are ever-vigilant of his reappearance. Luckily these well-mannered and uncomplaining children are also very resourceful: Violet invents, Klaus researches and Sunny bites. Snicket’s tone throughout is apologetic, sincere and matter-of-fact as he relates the unfortunate events in the children’s lives; his imaginative and even surreptitiously educational style will hold much appeal for younger readers.  Snicket’s word and phrase definitions are often hilarious. This instalment sees the Baudelaires  climbing a lot of stairs (and occasionally sliding down bannisters), forced to wear ill-fitting pinstripe suits, drinking aqua martinis and parsley sodas, eating at Café Salmonella, climbing up and down a lift shaft, being thrown down a lift shaft, and improvising ropes and welding equipment, all the while worrying about their kidnapped friends, the Quagmire triplets. Count Olaf once again manages to fool the adults with a simple disguise involving a monocle, high boots and improper English. Sunny uses her teeth to save the day and surprises everyone by bidding at an auction. As always, the alliterative titles are delightful and Brett Helquist provides some wonderfully evocative illustrations. Where will the orphans end up next? Perhaps the seventh installment, The Vile Village, will shed light on their fate. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Gr8

    This book is amazing gr8

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2014

    Great

    This book is so punny!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    Oooookaaaaayyyy

    This one is oke-doke comparing it to the rest. It is still full of suspence. :)

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  • Posted January 1, 2014

    Yet another good read in the series so far. One crazy unfortunat

    Yet another good read in the series so far. One crazy unfortunate event after another. Then there's the clues throughout each book to watch out for.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    This book

    I only got the sample but it already seems so good dang i cant wait to get it and i will do ffive stars when i get the book and read it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Its weird but i luv it anyway

    I luv the book but i hate esme. She only cares about wuts in and wuts out

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2012

    Good

    Not my most favorite but definitely a goid book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    A great mystery

    Out of the whole series, this one is the most mysterious.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2011

    Farouq

    Cooooooooooooooooool

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2009

    Witty, & entertaining .

    I strongly reccommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery or someone that loves to infer or predict what will happen in a book or movie . I've read almost all of the Series Of Unfortunite Events books, but this has to be my favorite . <BR/><BR/>As the clever, and fun-loving Boudelere orphans set out to find guardians and get away from Count Olaf, they stumble upon Jerome and Esme Squalor, they have a decent home, a really nice penthouse and right off the bat, Jerome is the guardian who actually cares . Olaf again comes up with a sneaky and clever disguise to once again try to trap the Boudelere orphans in a mischevious demise to steal their fortune with the help of his accomplices disguised and scattered throughout the story .<BR/><BR/>Filled with amusing characters and a nail-biting plot, this novel will surely satisfy you !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2008

    Great book!

    The Bauldilaire orphans have been chased by the evil villain, Count Olaf. Count Olaf is crazy about the fortune that the orphans parents left behind when they died in a fire and wants to steal it. Everywhere they go Count Olaf is there and this time he has disguised himself as an auctioneer at the ¿In Auction¿. Their new guardian, Esme Squalor, is a friend of Olaf¿s and is trying to steal their fortune. Later they find an empty elevator shaft with the Quagmire triplets in a cage at the bottom. At the In Auction, Count Olaf and Esme kidnap the Quagmires but the Bauldilaires get away. The Ersatz Elevator was carefully thought out. The author drags things out a bit though. Like when he says, ¿This book is so woeful you should set it down right now.¿ It is very unemotional but the author wants it to be. It is very well organized though. Overall, I enjoyed this book and it was a quick read. I would recommend it to people ages 9-12. I think that they will find it draws you in and you won¿t want to stop reading it. I picked this book up and could not stop reading. .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2007

    Why you should by this book

    This book is very interesting with a lot of twists and turns. It is a page turner and things take unexpected turns and it's cool to see what kinds of things the baudelaire orphans can think up. In this book Count Olaf disguises himself as an auctioneer who knows little English. You must read this book to find out what happens to the baudelaire children as they try to thwart Count Olaf's evil scheme. I recommend this book to anybody who likes adventurous and books that take turns that you would never believe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2006

    GREAT!

    This is a good book but a lot to dramatic, it was a really good book though!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2006

    'Adventurous!'

    I really thought that this book was fantastic. I love it. It is very good, and possibly one of the best out of all so far.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2005

    The Ersatz Elevator book 6

    This book was okay and had some good descriptions of how their new home is and how what they thought of it. Another weird disguise by Olaf was interesting and the new characters including the ending. Read this for continuing with the Baudelaire story and Count Olaf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2005

    what i think about this book!

    so far i'm reading this book the 6 th its really good at least better than the 5th because the 5 th wasn't that great as this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2004

    Ersatz Elevator, Real Good Book

    Lemony Snicket shows the bond between siblings and that there is hope during rough times, in the dark, witty, and sometimes educational book, The Ersatz Elevator. In the sixth installment in the A series of Unfortunate Events series, Snicket takes the three Baudelaire orphans on another wild ride, while they try to survive two new bumbling guardians and are always looking over their shoulders, never knowing when the evil Count Olaf will appear. During the course of this book, things are constantly going wrong for the children that are so bad, the reader will become grateful this is not their lives. Such as, they are placed into custody with a materialistic woman, who cares more about what is 'in' then about the children. Most books will give the characters one problem to face and they will do so with a happy ending. In this story, the Baudelaire¿s solve a problem, or come close to solving one, and are then bombarded with another that is twice as bad. This always keeps the reader guessing and asking, ' How can this get any worse'; it always does. The book is livened up because of these 'unfortunate events.' With all the demoralizing events in this book, the Baudelaire orphans never give up hope. If something doesn¿t work out right for them, or they can¿t solve a dilemma, the children simply move on and try to handle the next problem that is thrown at them. They never forget and never under appreciate each other and the love they share. 'No matter how many misfortunes had befallen them and no matter how many ersatz things they would encounter in the future, the Baudelaire orphans knew they could rely on each other for the rest of their lives, and this, at least, felt like one thing in the world that was true' (259). It¿s important to have something like this quote in a book filled with such despair, to remind the reader to never quit or lose your hope and drive. This is an important lesson to learn, especially during troubled times like these. Although this book has a very interesting plot and the problems the Baudelaire children face are exciting, that is not all that grabs the reader¿s interests. The wittiness and the little conversations the narrator has with the reader, are what really brings the story together. At the beginning of each chapter, the narrator stops telling the story and just talks. May it be about his life or what words mean, it is very funny and the reader will begin looking forward to when it occurs. 'The book you are holding in your two hands right now- assuming that you are, in fact, holding this book, and that you have only two hands- is one of the books in the world that will show you the difference between the word 'nervous' and the word 'anxious.' The other book, of course, is the dictionary, and if I were you I would read that book instead' (1). He then goes on to explain what the two words mean. This livens up the book and appeals to people of all ages; along with teaching the reader what words mean, which is very valuable knowledge. Lemony Snicket creates the Ersatz Elevator as simply a way to entertain children, as well as adults. He does so very successfully by putting the Baudelaire orphans in exciting predicaments and having witty conversations with the reader. While doing this, Snicket also makes sure the Baudelaire¿s have hope and determination. This story will keep the reader on the edge of their seat and laughing and is highly recommended for a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2004

    AWSOME.....,but always expected endings

    'A Series of Unfortunate Events' are GREAT books, but each book has a very interesting beginning, then towards the middle and end becomes very dead and boring..meaning Violet, Klaus, and Sunny start a new adventure..then comes Count Olaf to ruin everything all over again. Overall Lemony Snicket is a very,really,and awsome writer! I also do and did recommend this book to others!

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